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ECS vs Pistol Grip

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ability, Nov 18, 2004.

  1. Ability

    Ability LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    I currently have pistol grip handles on my WB. I like how it handles and the control I have over the mower.

    However, I do not like when I come close trees and larger shrubs because my knuckles rub against the object.

    The Exmark ECS handles are supposed to help this problem.

    For those that have used both the ECS and the Pistol Grip handles on their WB. Which do you like better?

    I would demo the Exmark but the dealers in this area only allow you to demo the riders.


    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,259

    the ecs is awsome no more cramps in the hands . the neutral locks are also easier to use

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    The ECS are much more comfortable, after having used both styles. The only thing I like the pistol grips better for is for whenever you need to pop the deck up a bit to keep from scalping. Your hands are in a better position with the pistol grips for this.
  4. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    The ecs handles are more comfortable for the user, however I don't see any real advantage when getting too close to an object such as a tree,you'll still lose some skin...............
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    the problem to think about as well is going under trees, like pine trees, you are going to get caught, and possibly worse up end the front of the mower
  6. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    another advantage to the ECS is if you are walking TOO close to the handles and the rear wheels drop in a hole, you don't get a pistol grip in the below the belt area.

  7. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    The OPC's on the ECS are very uncomfortable after a while. Pushing on two metal bars is no fun. Also if you put a sulky on and hang the sulky they now are to fare back and make the mowers front end jump up and the sulky will hit in places you will not like.

    In the pic you will see that the sulky is about three inches back.

  8. rodten

    rodten LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    No comparison, I've used pistol grips for years and about 4
    months ago I bought a Exmark 48" w/ECS, so much easier
    on the hands. Also we have Toro's with the Tbar, I prefer the
    ECS :blob3:
  9. Ability

    Ability LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    thanks for all of the replies

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